Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the News Wrap. Well it was a rather exciting opening gameweek with plenty of managerial decisions that certainly angered a few managers, especially those owning Filipe Luis!! There were a few injuries over the first weekend, lets get into it!
- Robert Snodgrass unfortunately suffered a dislocation of his knee over the weekend and consequently will be sidelined for around 6 months. In unfortunate news Hull will be without their main summer signing for the majority of the season, shocking news.
- What a shock, Kieran Gibbs didn’t last a full game of football without getting injured. The fullback once again hobbled off before the game finished, this time succumbing to either a hamstring injury. He was assessed during the week and is looking likely to miss around 3 weeks. Monreal the obvious replacement.
- Mikel Arteta will miss the game against his former team, Everton, this weekend after the midfielder picked up an ankle injury in Arsenal’s nil all stalemate against Beskitas in the Champions League play off during midweek. Isn’t looking like anything overly serious, probably just enough to keep him out of the Everton game.
- Louis Van Gaal has said that Midfielders Herrera, Fellaini, Carrick and Lingard will all miss through injury this weekend. Fellaini was seen entering a Manchester hospital in a moon boot so his future footballing ambitions may well be cut short for the time being.
- Alan Irvine has said that it is unlikely summer signing Christian Gamboa will feature before September, with the fullback lacking match fitness. Irvine said “physically he will get up to speed quickly but he’s behind”. Good news for Wisdom owners, however once Gomboa is at full fitness it may be curtains for his starting spot.
- Leicester have unfortunately suffered a blow ahead of their trip to Chelsea this weekend as pair Drinkwater and James have been ruled out with hamstring and shin injuries respectively. They’re not believed to be serious, with Drinkwater expected to miss around 10 days. A return is on the cards next weekend hopefully.
- Newcastle fullback Davide Santon will be sidelined until November after scans revealed a problem in his knee, Pardew said “when the surgeon looked at his knee there was a little bit more damage than we thought”.
- Ramires completed his carry-over suspension from last season as he sat out of the Burnley game on Monday night. The holding midfielder will now be available for selection should Mourinho see fit to play him. I’m not sure I can see a spot for him in the midfield though, Fabregas and Matic seemingly have the holding midfield spots making it unlikely he’ll be a starter just yet.
- Siem de Jong has been training strong all week and is in line for a Premier League debut this weekend against Aston Villa after missing the game against Manchester City last weekend. Pardew said during the week “Siem has trained all week and will be in the squad for Aston Villa”. Tiote has been doing some running on the ground but wont be ready to face Villa.
- Liverpool summer signing Markovic will be hopeful of making his Premier League debut this weekend after Rogers declared the winger fit enough during the week. Rogers said during the week “Markovic is now available, which is great and Adam Lallana won’t be too far away in the next few weeks”. Will be interesting to see how Liverpool line up with Markovic, not sure he will be consistent enough to warrant selection though.
- Mangala is unlikely to feature against Liverpool this weekend due to a lack of match fitness. He will continue to work on it during the week and will be hopeful of a debut against Stoke next weekend.
- Arsene Wenger is hopeful of bringing back his German Gooners this weekend as the trio have been building up their training intensity in a bid to be right for the important game against Everton this weekend. Wenger said “We should have Mertesacker, Ozil and Podolski available again at the weekend”.
- Manchester United’s latest signing Marcos Rojo will not feature against Sunderland this weekend after not gaining a work permit in time. This is unfortunate news but one would imagine it will be all sorted for next weekend’s game against Burnley.
- Robin Van Persie is in line to return against Sunderland this weekend in a massive boost for the struggling Manchester United. He didn’t feature at all during pre-season so after working on his match fitness he will be hopeful of starting against Sunderland this weekend. Will have to wait until team news but I’d say he’ll probably come off the bench.
- Jan Vertonghen returned in Tottenham’s 2-1 Europa Qualifiers win during the week as the Belgium begins to prepare for his Premier League return. After a heavy World Cup with the Belgium’s Vertonghen took things easy but is now hopeful of making his return against QPR this weekend, saying “I’ve had a couple of good sessions together with the other World Cup guys and I hope to be ready”. This was in reference to the Europa League clash so hopefully he will start against QPR this weekend as well. Teammates Chadli, Dembele and Paulinho are all hopeful of a return as well while Walker, Chiriches and Vorm will all miss out.
- West Ham are in a spot of bother defensively after James Collins was given his marching orders against Tottenham last weekend. With James Tomkins still struggling with a hamstring injury the Hammers may well be light on for defenders as they face Crystal Palace this weekend. In other news, both Sakho and Valencia “will be used as quickly as possible” as they continue to work on fitness. Spots on the bench looking likely.
- Both Darron Gibson and Seamus Coleman are available to take on Arsenal this weekend after both missed out on starting spots against Leicester last weekend. Coleman featured in the dying minutes of the game but will be hopeful of playing a full 90 minutes and continue on his impressive form from last season.
- Marc Albrighton is in line to return against Chelsea this weekend after the winger missed the opening game of the season against Everton last weekend. He sustained an injury in their final game of pre-season and didn’t recover fully in time to start in the opener. However he has progressed nicely since then and will be 100% ready to face Chelsea this weekend.
- Jason Puncheon picked up two yellow cards in Palace’s defeat at the hands of Arsenal last weekend and will consequently miss the game against West Ham this weekend. However its only a one matcher meaning he will return next weekend.
- Paul Lambert has confirmed that summer signings Carlos Sanchez and Joe Cole will both be in the squad to face Newcastle this Saturday. Whether or not they start is another thing but at the least they’re guaranteed a spot on the pine
- In quite remarkable circumstances Mario Balotelli is looking set to make his Premier League return after Liverpool have apparently had a £16m bid accepted by AC Milan. In what seems a massive under-spend, there is simply no doubting Balo’s potential, it’s just whether he can keep his head screwed on correctly to show people that potential. I reckon he will be a fantastic signing for Liverpool, but even if he does fail he is still hilarious with the things he does so will be great entertainment regardless. Doubtful he will be finalised to play against Manchester City on Monday but wouldn’t it just be hilarious seeing him score and celebrate in front of the home fans… Haha! Unfortunately he is ineligible if the transfer does go through.
- After Shane Long deserted Hull for Southampton last week Hull have understandingly been a striker short. They have set to rectify this through enquiring about Blackburn’s Jordan He is a prolific goal scorer but whether he can transfer that into the Premier League is a whole new thing, still a good signing for Hull if it happens.
- Manchester United have been strongly linked with class players around the world but of late Angel Di Maria’s name has been linked with the club. The Argentine was withdrawn from Madrid’s Supercup squad against Athletico which is just adding speculation to the rumours. Would be fantastic in the Premier League and possibly something to fire up United.
Well that’s a wrap of the latest news surrounding the Premier League. Gee its good to have the Premier League back, good luck this weekend and I’ll be back next Saturday. Cheers.